February 2019 Calendar of HOPE

Our February feature image is a beautiful photograph of one our orphans taken in a village outside of Nyangombe. On a sunny Sunday afternoon in May we visited villages and delivered supplies donated by Project HOPE. While the photograph captures the natural beauty of the area it does not depict the poverty and hardship of life for these vulnerable people.

It is warm during the day but nights at this time of year are cold and harsh. With no central heat and only huts to huddle in, the supplies and other basic resources Project HOPE delivers means orphans like this girl at least have a blanket to keep her warm at night.

Please consider making a gift to help us continue to serve those who are struggling in the villages surrounding Nyangombe.

This majestic lion was photographed in the South Luongwa National Park. While relaxing in the sunlight, this lion and the rest of the pride are full from a recent kill and gorging themselves on the catch.

While beautiful and seemingly almost tame, this lion shows the scars of battle on his face from life in the wild, hunting down prey and protecting the pride from hyenas and other threats.

2019 Calendar of HOPE!

Happy New Year! It is exciting and amazing to enter a new year. We are also thrilled to share our new Calendar of HOPE images and the story behind each photo. This year, we produced two different calendars. One, the people of Project HOPE and second, a special edition ‘animals of Zambia’. Each month the photographs will appear on our website with information about the images and a bit of background. So, here are our images from January 2019 and a bit about them… please enjoy and thank you for your support of Project HOPE.

Carpentry apprentices at Nyangombe.

An amazing new partnership emerged in 2018 with the Hamilton Carpenters Union Local 18 joining our community of support by donating funds to purchase sets of tools for our orphan apprentices in Nyangombe. Under the supervision of Gordon MacKillop, Project HOPE’s partner at the Nyangombe Christian Training Centre, young teens receive expert education in this program and upon graduation, get a set of hand tools to start their own businesses. Three of the current apprentices visited with Christopher Graves and Ken Murray during their May 2018 trip to the centre and received ten sets of tools for future graduates. An incredible donation that makes a long term impact in the lives of vulnerable people.

Leopard at drinking hole, South Luangwa, Zambia.

A leopard sighting is a rare but incredible opportunity in the South Luangwa National Park, especially in daylight. This photograph, taken in one of Zambia’s most beautiful national parks, captures a large leopard, completely uninterested in its spectators.

December 2018 Calendar of HOPE…

The arrival of December signals the final month of 2018 and our last image of this year’s Calendar of HOPE. Hopefully, you are making plans to donate to the HOPE-filled Christmas Campaign so that you can give or receive one of our 2019 limited edition calendars.

This year, we have produced two versions of the Calendar of HOPE. One features the people of Project HOPE, vulnerable women and children served through this mission. The second presents the amazing animals found in Zambia. By making a donation to our Christmas campaign you can arrange to give a calendar as a gift and we will send it with notice of your donation to the recipient or you can keep it for yourself and enjoy it throughout the year.

December’s photograph features one of our young female students. She is an orphan who is assisted by Project HOPE with basic resources, food and the opportunity to go to school. Without donations to Project HOPE, we can not assist vulnerable girls like her. Please consider making a donation this month and give hope to an orphan.

Simple Nshima Recipe

Nshima (1-2 servings)










In a saucepan, stir 2/3 cup white corn meal into 1 cup cold water.
Bring to boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly until boiling.
Cover and reduce heat to very low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let sit covered for 5-10 minutes.


To make a smooth Nshima, beat the mixture by pulling the wooden spoon towards the side of the pot and pressing the lumps out between the pot and the spoon.
To serve, use a large metal spoon to form lumps (about ½ cup each).
To keep the Nshima from sticking to the spoon, keep it wet with cold water.
Serve Nshima with African relish (meat (chicken, beef or fish)) in sauce, brown beans in tomato sauce or vegetables (hot cabbage slaw preferred)